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19th Century Oil On Panel By Sir James Jebusa Shannon R.A. (american-english)


£1,500 | $2,090 USD | €1,748 EUR
Item Number: SA818295
Date of manufacture: 19th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Radnorshire Fine Arts Ltd
This antique has been viewed 30 times in the past month with the most views from Netherlands.


Sir James Jebusa Shannon R.A. – Study of a Water Nymph embracing a Stork
Oil on panel contained in an antique carved and gilded frame. Provenance: The artist’s family by descent, thence; to a close family member. A good number of works by Shannon were entered into auction by the vendor at Brightwells in Leominster in 2016. This particular painting was sold “unframed” along with 7 other pictures by the artist on the 3rd of November and was described as “A Nude Girl by a Pool” Lot 563.
This painting is a sketch. The figure is clearly defined and depicts a young girl or water nymph embracing a stork, surrounded by reeds and water plants. The painting had originally been squared in pencil to be copied to a larger canvas. It was decided after great deliberation to have the pencil lines removed for a better visual experience.
The picture is housed in a decorative early 18th century carved and gilded frame and has now been glazed to protect the unvarnished painting. The panel has an old but strong repair to a close split in the panel, lower right.
Bathing Nymphs had been a popular theme among Victorian artists including the Pre-Raphaelites, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, and John William Waterhouse.
Panel: 12 1/2 in x 9 7/8 in. (31.7 cm x 25 cm.)
Frame: 15 1/2 in x 13 1/8 in. (39.5 cm x 33.5 cm.)
One of the most highly sought portrait painters of his day, Shannon’s work has generally resided in institutions or in the families of many of his sitters, who were prominent members of society both in America and abroad. His subjects included such notable figures as Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Mrs. Nora Mellon, Queen Victoria, Mrs. Henry Bourke, and Violet Manners (Marchioness of Granby and later Duchess of Rutland).
He was very well connected to the key institutions and artists of the time. Like his esteemed colleagues John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler, his reputation was such that he exhibited at and was a member of various prestigious art societies and academies. He and Sargent were simultaneously members of the Royal Academy, and he exhibited at the Society of British Artists during Whistler’s presidency. Shannon also joined expatriates George Hitchcock and Gari Melchers in painting and holiday excursions to Holland. In London, he lived next door to Frederic, Lord Leighton, where his Sunday studio openings attracted the likes of Oscar Wilde and Ellen Terry.
American clients were likely to have seen his work as a result of their seasonal transatlantic crossings, highlights of which included visits to the Academy, the Paris Salon, and other important annual exhibitions. Shannon, like Sargent, had a distinct advantage over his American and European rivals because his American citizenship satisfied clients who desired a high-style portrait by an internationally acclaimed artist and yet wanted to “buy American.” Yet, buying American, in this case, did not mean buying on the cheap; in 1907, Shannon’s fee for a full-length portrait was a comparatively staggering seven-thousand-five-hundred dollars.
James Jebusa Shannon was an Anglo-American artist born in Auburn in New York on 3rd February 1862 to Irish parents. At the age of eight, he moved with his parents to Canada, then at 16, he went to London to study at the Royal College of Art in South Kensington under Edward Poynter, between 1878 and 1891. He won the gold medal for figure painting three years later. His portrait of the Hon Horatia Stopford (a Maid of Honour to Queen Victoria) attracted attention at the Royal Academy in 1881, and in 1887 his portrait of Henry Vigne in hunting attire was one of the successes of the exhibition, subsequently securing medals for the artist at Paris, Vienna and Berlin. Shannon soon became one of the leading portrait painters in London and his Holland Park studios were in the centre of the then most fashionable part of London.
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 19th Century.


Height = 39.5 cm (15.6")
Width = 33.5 cm (13.2")
Depth = 0 cm (0.0")

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